Windows 10 filing structure


  1. Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       #1

    Windows 10 filing structure


    Can someone please explain the relationship between the various places from which photos may be accessed, eg This PC/Pictures or C/Users/John/Pictures? It seems to me that the contents of each are not identical.
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  2. Posts : 11,585
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1776
       #2

    This PC show the Pictures item as a folder but it is not. It is a special type of shortcut to C:\Users\John\Pictures

    To put it another way, there is no location This PC\Pictures. There is only a shortcut at This PC\Pictures

    MS thinks this is helpful.

    Personally, I do not like these special shortcuts and I hide them.
    Add or Remove Folders from This PC - TenForumsTutorials

    The contents you see when you use the shortcut are the same as the contents you see when you go to C:\Users\John\Pictures. What makes you think otherwise?

    Denis
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  3. Posts : 8
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks Denis. After searching unsuccessfully for a particular photo via This PC/Pictures I often seem to be able to find it via C/Users. Also, when using the DuplicateSweeper app, it tells me it can't find any in the PC/Pictures folder but still finds plenty in C/Users.
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  4. Posts : 11,585
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1776
       #4

    Everything that is shown by the shortcut in This PC\Pictures is actually in C:\Users\John\Pictures
    This PC\Pictures is not a location so it holds no files itself. It holds no files, it merely allows you to access them. It is a shortcut.

    I have never used DuplicateSweeper but it is logical that it only finds files in C:\Users\John\Pictures and your other C:\Users\John\... folders because they are real folders that hold real files.
    - Judging by your comment, DuplicateSweeper does not recognise that This PC\Pictures is only a shortcut and therefore automatically redirect itself to C:\Users\John\Pictures.
    - That is not a problem for you now because you clearly recognise the real situation, that files are stored in C:\Users\John\Pictures etc

    I drag & drop my C:\Users\John\Pictures and my other C:\Users\John\... folders onto File explorer's Quick access entry so that I can get to them easily.

    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 11 Jun 2020 at 04:16.
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  5. Posts : 1,467
    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    Try3 said:
    MS thinks this is helpful.
    Personally, I do not like these special shortcuts and I hide them.
    There are few things in life that can give one euphoric pleasure ... and this is one of them.

    ... Apart from killing (at least disable/hide) anything and everything Bing and/or Cortana.
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  6. Posts : 564
    W10
       #6

    Documents such as photo's I always store on a D: partition or drive for easy backup. Reserve C; only for Windows and programmes..
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